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The US is to blame for global erosion of human rights, says top UN official

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  • It's hard to take this argument seriously when the author only mentions the Trump Administration, and doesn't point out how civil liberties and other human rights in the US have been on the decline ever since the start of the drug war, and accelerated ever since 9/11.

  • Seems pretty accurate. Human rights erosion isn't just an issue where there are known human rights issues; the degree of *erosion* is probably greatest in once liberal countries. Chipping away at free speech, protection rights, and freedom of religion, infringing upon press, taxing property, spying on

    Seems pretty accurate. Human rights erosion isn't just an issue where there are known human rights issues; the degree of *erosion* is probably greatest in once liberal countries. Chipping away at free speech, protection rights, and freedom of religion, infringing upon press, taxing property, spying on citizens... just examples of where human rights are eroding.

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  • Quite a bold statement by the UN albeit I agree the US has taken steps backwards....but to lay the blame at the feet of the US is slightly overboard given the current state of affairs on human rights

    in virtually all MidEast countries, several to many in Latin America and not to mention places like China

    Quite a bold statement by the UN albeit I agree the US has taken steps backwards....but to lay the blame at the feet of the US is slightly overboard given the current state of affairs on human rights

    in virtually all MidEast countries, several to many in Latin America and not to mention places like China, Southeast Asia, Africa and Russia....me thinks the world at large is lacking toward human rights...

  • Selfishness and a callous disregard for the suffering of others is the curse of our times. The pendulum will swing the other way, eventually, but it will take a global crisis that rises, at least, to the level of WW2. Will it be the climate crisis? Will we come together soon enough to do more than just survive?

  • To paraphrase Dolly Parton: 'and we pay a lot of money to be insulted' by her.

  • If you take a quick look to see who's on the UN Human Rights Council, you'll quickly realize how little credibility this organization has in this regard.

  • To single out any country for the erosion of human rights is absurd. There is enough blame to go around.

  • Ha! Seriously? When the US intervenes around the world, we’re evil warmongers. When we don’t, we’re abdicating our responsibilities.

    And people wonder why the US doesn’t get along with the UN— the body has become in large part a forum for dictators to spout propaganda at each other. Now that the US

    Ha! Seriously? When the US intervenes around the world, we’re evil warmongers. When we don’t, we’re abdicating our responsibilities.

    And people wonder why the US doesn’t get along with the UN— the body has become in large part a forum for dictators to spout propaganda at each other. Now that the US is starting to get fed up bankrolling a dysfunctional and ineffectual global bureaucracy, they’re lashing out. If the UN actually wanted to promote human rights, they’d be looking at China, Russia, most of the Middle East, most of Latin America, and most of Africa.

    Make no mistake, I’m not excusing the failures of the US government over the past few decades; our position as the “shining city on the hill” is under threat from backwards politicians and a deeply corrupt Congress. But none of that makes us responsible for, say, the ongoing genocide in China, or the Syrian civil war. The US has problems, yes— but statements like this are nothing more than anti-American propaganda that further hide the real global problems.

    Why is it even our job to enforce human rights worldwide? Isn’t that supposed to be the UN’s job? These sorts of statements are pure PR-speak, trying to keep the world’s attention on those damn dastardly Americans and off of the UN.

    If they really cared about human rights, they wouldn’t be standing idly by as all manner of oppression and bloodshed is happening in China, in Russia, in Syria, in Iran, in North Korea, in Saudi Arabia, in Venezuela, in Myanmar, in the Congo, etc. But, of course, the UN has been reduced by Russia and China to little more than a puppet that legitimizes dictatorships, and that only intervenes when a crisis is already over.

  • It's so funny when these "intellectuals" cry and demand to allow each country and each culture self determination, non interventionism and freedom of will as societies, but the minute the US does something they don't like immediately America is blamed for human rights violations in the middle east, authoritarian

    It's so funny when these "intellectuals" cry and demand to allow each country and each culture self determination, non interventionism and freedom of will as societies, but the minute the US does something they don't like immediately America is blamed for human rights violations in the middle east, authoritarian regimes in China and Russia, poverty in Latam and Africa, pollution levels in India and China and even people getting older and overwhelmed by Muslims in Europe. And then they're surprised populism and nationalism is on the rise everywhere.

  • Everyone has the right to be wrong.

  • Can we be surprised by the tone of the Unit official. I suppose it is because they cannot push the United States around anymore and do not have that money tree in their backyard anymore to go pick whenever the desire crossed their minds. The United States has the most compassionate people in the world

    Can we be surprised by the tone of the Unit official. I suppose it is because they cannot push the United States around anymore and do not have that money tree in their backyard anymore to go pick whenever the desire crossed their minds. The United States has the most compassionate people in the world. Ask anyone who has a tornado wipe away their home or a child die. The UN needs to find another problem solver.

  • The articles shared in this app are more often inflammatory clickbait than I remember.

  • Are you kidding me 😂

  • Somehow I don’t think the issue of human rights revolves around the issue of right to life. That doesn’t even makes sense.

  • Erosion of individual liberties to appease the worshippers of an invisible spaghetti monster will doom us all. Religious freedom is great, but don't take my rights because you believe something personal about your life. All Americans are free and have inalienable rights... at least until conservatives

    Erosion of individual liberties to appease the worshippers of an invisible spaghetti monster will doom us all. Religious freedom is great, but don't take my rights because you believe something personal about your life. All Americans are free and have inalienable rights... at least until conservatives find those rights inconvenient.

    What about the Middle East? What about China? What about ...? What about it? We need to get our own house in order.

  • Few years later the blame will shift to another world leader as the policies that lead to history repeating itself would still ensue, without them being modified to serve the common people.

  • Morons.

  • This headline is click bait.

  • Indeed a very bold statement. In the US we still have the privileges most countries don't have or could only dream about. And why does the msm ignore the human rights violations in the far and the middle east?

  • Absent US leadership on the world state and the continued rise of China, and Russia and their zones of influence have a lot to do with it. But yeah, we are part to blame without us supporting nations and advancing human rights there isn’t a strong proponent on the world stage to match the anti human rights movements.

  • Oh, for the love of all that is good.

  • I’m not sure about erosion but the US certainly could be leading the charge towards a more progressive & just society but instead we are concentrating wealth and further exploiting marginalized groups

  • I believe this to be true as well. Not because of trump administration but ever since american imperialism starting late 1800s. American protection of US business interests and imperialism. Woodrow Wilson not enforcing his 14 points against france and Britain. Failure to recognize marxist government

    I believe this to be true as well. Not because of trump administration but ever since american imperialism starting late 1800s. American protection of US business interests and imperialism. Woodrow Wilson not enforcing his 14 points against france and Britain. Failure to recognize marxist government in favor of european. Can be linked and directly responsible strained relationship, caused rebellions, fractured governments global. If America took a proactive of approach to end imperialism, instead of prolong imperialism of the 20th century. The world would not be as bad as it.

  • Everybody is entitled to their opinion, and as an American, freedom of speech is a highly treasured right, but when representing an international organization, the impact of the commentary and the context become as important as the opinion itself. There are going to be unintended consequences as a result of this.

  • Bravo America! 🧘‍♀️

    Still hope to protect,encourage and learn to respect innocence and freedom for human dignity.💐

  • Sadly, concur.

  • It’s true lol